Job 38:38
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?

New Living Translation
when the parched ground is dry and the soil has hardened into clods?

English Standard Version
when the dust runs into a mass and the clods stick fast together?

New American Standard Bible
When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together?

King James Bible
When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when the dust hardens like cast metal and the clods of dirt stick together?

International Standard Version
when dust dries into a mass and then breaks apart into clods?

NET Bible
when the dust hardens into a mass, and the clumps of earth stick together?

New Heart English Bible
when the dust runs into a mass, and the clods of earth stick together?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when the dirt hardens into clumps and the soil clings together?

JPS Tanakh 1917
When the dust runneth into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together?

New American Standard 1977
When the dust hardens into a mass,
            And the clods stick together?

Jubilee Bible 2000
when the dust hardens and the clods cleave fast together?

King James 2000 Bible
When the dust grows into clumps, and the clods cleave fast together?

American King James Version
When the dust grows into hardness, and the clods stuck fast together?

American Standard Version
When the dust runneth into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together?

Douay-Rheims Bible
When was the dust poured on the earth, and the clods fastened together?

Darby Bible Translation
When the dust runneth as into a molten mass, and the clods cleave fast together?

English Revised Version
When the dust runneth into a mass, and the clods cleave fast together?

Webster's Bible Translation
When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

World English Bible
when the dust runs into a mass, and the clods of earth stick together?

Young's Literal Translation
In the hardening of dust into hardness, And clods cleave together?
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
37"Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens, 38When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together? 39"Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,…
Cross References
Job 38:37
"Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens,

Job 38:39
"Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
Treasury of Scripture

When the dust grows into hardness, and the clods stuck fast together?

groweth into hardness. or, is turned into mire. Heb. is poured

Verse 38. - When the dust groweth into hardness. 'Aphar (עָפַר) here, as often, means "earth," or "soil," rather than "dust." When by the heat of the sun's rays the ground grows into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together, baked into a compact mass, then is the time when rain is most needed, and when the Almighty in his mercy commonly sends it. The consideration of inanimate nature here ends, with the result that its mysteries altogether transcend the human intellect, and render speculation on the still deeper mysteries of the moral world wholly vain and futile. When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together? When the dust is attenuated, and ground, as it were, into powder; and the clods cleave together, as if glued, as in a drought for want of rain: or the bottles of heaven being unstopped and poured out; or

"sprinkling the dust with this sprinkling,''

as Mr. Broughton. Or rather, pouring on the dust with pouring; that is, pouring down rain, by unstopping the bottles of heaven. The dust, as meal, by water poured into it, cements, unites, and is compacted, and becomes earth, that may be cultivated; is clodded and cleaves together, and may be ploughed and sown. 38. groweth, etc.—rather, pour itself into a mass by the rain, like molten metal; then translate Job 38:38, "Who is it that empties," etc., "when," etc.? The English Version, however, is tenable: "Is caked into a mass" by heat, like molten metal, before the rain falls; "Who is it that can empty the rain vessels, and bring down rain at such a time?" (Job 38:38).38:25-41 Hitherto God had put questions to Job to show him his ignorance; now God shows his weakness. As it is but little that he knows, he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels; it is but little he can do, therefore he ought not to oppose the ways of Providence. See the all-sufficiency of the Divine Providence; it has wherewithal to satisfy the desire of every living thing. And he that takes care of the young ravens, certainly will not be wanting to his people. This being but one instance of the Divine compassion out of many, gives us occasion to think how much good our God does, every day, beyond what we are aware of. Every view we take of his infinite perfections, should remind us of his right to our love, the evil of sinning against him, and our need of his mercy and salvation.
Jump to Previous
Cleave Clods Dust Earth Fast Groweth Hard Hardening Hardens Hardness Joined Mass Masses Metal Molten Runneth Runs Stick Together
Jump to Next
Cleave Clods Dust Earth Fast Groweth Hard Hardening Hardens Hardness Joined Mass Masses Metal Molten Runneth Runs Stick Together
Links
Job 38:38 NIV
Job 38:38 NLT
Job 38:38 ESV
Job 38:38 NASB
Job 38:38 KJV

Job 38:38 Biblia Paralela
Job 38:38 Chinese Bible
Job 38:38 French Bible
Job 38:38 German Bible

Alphabetical: a and becomes clods dust earth hard hardens into mass of stick the together when

OT Poetry: Job 38:38 When the dust runs into a mass (Jb) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Job 38:37
Top of Page
Top of Page